Official Communication from the Town of Lyons

Short-Term Vacation Rentals Informal Public Hearing

Tonight, Jan. 30 | 7 to 9 PM | Lyons Town Hall Board Room

The Planning & Community Development Commission (PCDC) invites the community to participate in an informal public hearing focused on Short-Term Vacation Rentals (STVRs) in Lyons.

STVRs refers to the lodging service established by sites like AirBnB, VRBO, etc. Creating regulations for STVRs is a new venture - an emerging topic for many municipalities across the county. According to current code, STVRs in residential zoning districts in Lyons should not be allowed unless approved as a Bed & Breakfast through a conditional use review. This regulation has not been enforced since code updates are needed. However, the PCDC is interested in making recommendations to the BOT that would make STVRs legal while also providing stipulations to maintain the character of Lyons neighborhoods.

Before those decisions are made, the Commissioners would like to hear from residents who have an opinion on the topic or experience with STVRs. Please join us!

Bohn Park Flood Recovery Project

Diversion Channel

The Bohn Park Flood Recovery Project has begun river restoration work. A diversion channel has been created for work to progress in the active river channel.
Throughout construction, the entire project area will be closed off, including the multi-purpose sports court and the playground. Pedestrian, cyclist, and golf cart access will be allowed for the remainder of south portion of the park along the eastern trail, to access the bike park, multipurpose field and dog park. Vehicles will not be permitted into the park; parking is available on the east side of Second Avenue in the newly created public parking area (in front of the wastewater treatment facility). 

This phase of the Bohn Park Flood Recovery Project includes river restoration and improved ecological habitat, parking, a new restroom facility, continuance of the trail system within the plan area, a pedestrian bridge connecting to 4th Ave. on the western end of the park, picnic areas, river access, and other infrastructure enhancements. The majority of the work will is indicated within the blue highlighted area on the map.  Project updates will be sent throughout construction. 

Per Town ordinance, contractors for recovery and capital projects are to work between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Sunday. During emergencies and unanticipated situations, Town personnel may be required work outside of these hours.

The anticipated completion for this project is Fall 2017.

Anticipated Timeline:
River Restoration: Jan - Apr 2017
Overall Project: Jan-Oct 2017

More Information on the Bohn Park Construction >> 

McConnell Bridge Update

FEMA has approved the 30% design of McConnell Bridge. The Town is now working with the design consultant to finalize the design and prepare the bid package for construction. Construction is anticipated to begin in late spring/early summer, for an estimated duration of six months. 

During this time, McConnell bridge will be closed to all traffic. Please plan to use 2nd Avenue as an alternate route; the Town will provide additional detour information closer to construction beginning.

"Be My Valentine" Dance

Saturday, Feb. 4 | 6 to 8 PM | Lyons Elementary School Gym

Parents, grab your dancing partners (ages 1 to 12), for an evening of Valentine's fun!
The evening begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Lyons Elementary School Gymnasium. Parent and child couples are $30; additional children are $15 each. 

Boulder County Sheriff's Office Seeking Volunteer Victim Advocates

Do you want to help others in Boulder County?
Are you caring and compassionate?
The Boulder County Sheriff's Office is seeking volunteer victim advocates. Victim advocates provide assistance to victims of crime, accidents, trauma, and critical events.
Use your own skills - and learn more. A free 40-hour training course begins in April for applicants accepted into the program.

For more information, including an application form, click here.

Boulder County Volunteers >>

Floodplain Mapping Project Stream Reach Specific Public Meetings

Jan. 31 and Feb. 14

Boulder County Transportation and the State of Colorado are hosting a series of public meetings to present draft floodplain maps for major stream corridors in unincorporated county from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Colorado Hazard Mapping Program (CHAMP).  
These sessions are an opportunity for the public to review draft updated map information for locations in unincorporated Boulder County as listed for each meeting below. Locations outside of the defined map review areas for each meeting will not be discussed. Additional public meetings will be scheduled as map updates are received.   

Public Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 | 4 to 7 p.m.
Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office

Houston Room, 1750 33rd St., Boulder CO 80301
**This meeting is cumulative and will include maps from each area already discussed:

  • Jan. 31 map areas
  • Jan. 19 map areas: Cabin Creek, North, Middle, and South St. Vrain Creek(s) from Hwy 72 to upper Longmont Dam Rd (North St. Vrain) & just upstream of Red Gulch Rd. (South St. Vrain)
  • Jan. 10 map areas: Fourmile Canyon Creek upstream of Wagonwheel Gap Rd., Dry Creek #2, New Dry Creek, and the Resilient St. Vrain study area (near 75th St. to East County Line Rd.)
  • Dec. 13 (2016) map areas: North and South St. Vrain creeks from downstream of Longmont Dam Road and just upstream of Red Gulch Road to Lyons and St. Vrain Creek from Lyons east to 75th St. 

More Information on the County’s Floodplain Remapping and Public Meetings >>

Flood-Impacted Home Owners are Eligible for Free Home Preparedness Assessments

via County of Boulder
The City of Boulder and Boulder County are participating in a new Home Preparedness Assessment Program. This pilot program provides flood-impacted single family and mobile home owners with a free in-home consultation aimed at enhancing personal resilience. 
Participation in this program will include a consultation with a professional advisor who will identify actions and improvements to help homeowners prepare for and better respond to flood, fire, and drought. Cash rebates will be available to participants to help cover the costs of the suggested improvements. Some improvements may include things such as sump pump inspection and repair, roof and gutter evaluation, and more.

This program is first come, first served, with limited space of up to 100 participants throughout Boulder County. To qualify, homeowners must have been impacted by a flood event and have proper identification (i.e. state issued ID such as a driver’s license).

Interested individuals can sign up now for an assessment by filling out the form at

For more information, visit the program website at or contact program manager Ann Grodnik-Nagle at or 303-741-7041. >>

Town of Lyons

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